Penn students pursue their faith and fellowship within a wide variety of student organizations. For more information follow the links to each organizational website or contact our office. Organizations are grouped by faith tradition and listed alphabetically.
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Student Contacts: Sam Murray
The Penn Baha’i Association aims to unite members of the Baha’i faith and students of all faiths on Penn’s campus in order to promote the ideals of the oneness of humanity and unity among the world’s religions. Study circles, devotional gatherings, and community service projects form the core activities through which the Association works toward this goal.
Buddhism Club is a supportive community whose goal is to create a welcoming environment for all to learn and deepen their understanding of the teaching of the Buddha. The club main activities include mindfulness practice, sitting meditation, discussion of Buddhism texts, deep listening, and compassion meditation. Please feel free to contact if you are interested.
SGI Buddhist Club at Penn
SGI Buddhist Club at Penn is a student organization contributing to the creation of a culture of peace and nonviolence based on the teachings of the Nichiren school of Mahayana Buddhism as practiced in the Soka Gakkai International-USA (SGI-USA). This group aims to help students unlock their hidden potential and achieve creative harmony with their environment through the philosophy and practice of Nichiren Buddhism.
Student Contact: Liqhwa Ncube
Adventist Students for Christ is campus Christian group that focuses on both studying the Bible in weekly discussions and developing strong relationships in fellowship with other fellow Christians. This coming year, we’ll be meeting one Friday night a month (subject to change, check the Facebook group for updates!) for Bible study and fellowship (with snacks included of course). Throughout the semester we’ll have fun hangouts, dinners, conferences, and more. You definitely do not have to be Seventh-Day Adventist to be a member of our group, everyone is welcome. What we all have in common is that we love to have fun, we love the Lord, and we love meeting new people!
Alabaster Group is a family of students and alumni across the Ivy League campuses, and our mission is to be one with the Lord. We pursue Jesus Christ alone, in the hopes of becoming as intimate with Him as possible. On Penn’s campus, we gather every week to worship, to teach, and to minister. We also host retreats few times a year with students across the Ivy Leagues to worship and seek Jesus together. It is our prayer that one day, all will know His glorious name and brokenness, depression, and loneliness will be replaced by His unrelenting love..
Asian Baptist Student Koinonia (ABSK) is a campus group committed to studying the Word of God and building Christ-centered relationships as a family of God. We strive to learn more about God through the Bible and share God’s love with all in the Penn community. All are welcome to join us on Friday nights for thought-provoking Bible studies, food, fun and fellowship.
ABSK is a Christian fellowship ministering to college and university communities around the world.
Catholic Health Professionals
Student Contact: Gabbie Ramos
Started by Catholic nursing students, this group aims to engage students, faculty, and practitioners in open dialogue about the Catholic medical ethics, prayer and healing, treating patients of various differing religions, and discerning the vocation to work in the health care field. Students will be aided in joining national organizations that pertain to their field such as the National Association of Catholic Nurses, Catholic Medical Association, Catholic Health Association of the United States, and Nurses Christian Fellowship; resources will be taken from this group as well created by students. Events throughout the year include blessing of healing hands mass, faith formation discussions groups, training to serve as Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion in local Philadelphia Hospitals, Life Ministry, partnered service with other on campus groups, guest speakers, and more. All are welcome to attend meetings and events, especially nursing and pre-med students.
Chi Alpha Christian Fellowship at the University of Pennsylvania is a body of students earnestly following Jesus, who come together to worship our amazing God, to learn His Word and be discipled, to encourage one another and pray, and to have fun making friendships that will last a lifetime. Even though our name is Greek, we’re not a fraternity or sorority. However, if you’re looking for brothers and sisters, you’ve come to the right place!
Chi Alpha is sponsored by the Assemblies of God with over 300 chapters throughout the United States.
Staff Contact: Gregg Smyrl
China Outreach Ministries is a national organization of Americans and Chinese who serve students, scholars and their families from China studying at universities in North America. We are not a church but we are a Christian group that works with local churches in sharing Christian love. We welcome everyone from China to participate whether they have religious beliefs or not.
China Outreach Ministries serves in co-operation with University City Chinese Christian Church, Philadelphia, PA.
The CA is a student community where all are invited to explore their faith and question what they believe, and are welcomed to be whoever the heck they are!
We are the Penn chapter of Philly Christian Students, an association of undergraduate and graduate-student believers in Christ from diverse backgrounds at Penn, Temple, Drexel, Villanova, and other Philadelphia-area college campuses. We seek to help believers to grow in their Christian life and to help non-Christians understand what it means to be a Christian. Our goal is to cooperate with God for the fulfillment of His eternal purpose to have an expression and represention of Himself on the earth (Eph. 3:8-12).
Christian Union at Penn is a gospel-centered community that welcomes students from all backgrounds. Our ministry emphasizes leadership development, rigorous study of scripture, social justice and active involvement in campus and community life. We encourage every student to pursue their calling as servant, disciple and leader, growing in the likeness and knowledge of Jesus Christ.
Christian Union at Penn is resourced by Christian Union.
The Collegium Institute is a scholarly foundation that draws mainstream learning at Penn into conversation with the Catholic intellectual tradition, and with the “catholic” or universal questions that can bind the various parts of our modern research university together. It offers weekly and biweekly colloquia, seminars, classical language workshops, lectures and special events together with academic departments, centers, and student groups across the university of Pennsylvania. The institute’s name, collegium, serves as a reminder that the pursuit of learning, which is the principal object of all universities, is a communal enterprise. Its flourishing depends upon its members working together to cultivate certain virtues of mind and character, such as humility, trust, honesty, justice, and the love of truth. Collegium’s faculty and student fellows come from a variety of religious faiths and none.
The Episcopal Campus Ministry at Penn is a resource and a home for students at the University of Pennsylvania who are interested in the Anglican approach to faith, life, and community informed by scripture, tradition, and reason. Sponsored by, and housed in, St. Mary’s Episcopal Church located at 3916 Locust Walk (next door to Civic House), we are guided by the commandment to love God and love our neighbor. Our Sunday 11AM mass is a traditional Anglican service with volunteer choir, and our weekly sung Compline service (Thursdays during term at 8PM) for undergraduate and graduate students is a simple, chanted candlelight service to end your week with peace and contemplation. Also, on Tuesdays during term we offer a low mass with healing prayers at 12:15PM- it is under half an hour. Our St. Hilda’s Chapel is open weekdays from 9AM-2PM, as an oasis on campus of quiet for prayer or meditation. When we say all are welcome at St. Mary’s, we mean it- we strive to be inclusive, diverse, and inviting no matter who you are or where you are in your journey of faith.
FCAIA helps sports-minded people think and live Biblically at the intersection of sport and Christianity. FCAIA is a co-ed, inter-sport community that is open to all.
Affiliated with Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA) and Athletes in Action (AIA)
Student Contacts: Deborah Oh
As Penn’s first and only Christian a cappella group, we hope to be inspired by the Holy Spirit to spread the Gospel on campus and the West Philadelphia area. In acknowledgment and celebration of God’s sovereignty, we seek to worshipfully compel others to know Jesus more through music and our lives.
Global Connect: U City aims to enhance the lives of all international students at Penn by providing service opportunities that meet practical needs, hosting social events to build connections among Americans and International students, and promoting spiritual growth by learning about Christianity and the Bible. Global Connect: U City is open to people of all ethnicities, nationalities, and religious backgrounds.
Student Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
God’s Property is a student led organization committed to fostering community among Christian students who relate to black culture.
The mission of our church is to raise up kingdom workers who are transformed by Christ to influence the world. We strive to be Bible-based, Spirit-led, prayer-driven, and missions-focused. If you’re an undergraduate student, graduate student, working young adult, or young married couple, we’d love for you to come check us out!
Student Contact: Alexis Genske
Penn Greek IV (Greek InterVarsity Christian Fellowship) desires to be a community of Greek students rooted and established in the God who transforms lives, renews the Greek system and changes the world through the love of Jesus Christ.
Penn Greek IV is affiliated with InterVarsity Christian Fellowship USA
We bring together students, researchers, and their families from any country, culture, or religion for the purpose of friendship, learning, and spiritual support. We offer free English chats, Bible discussions for internationals from any faith, multi-national discussions forums, social activities, and holiday celebrations with Americans.
We are associated with Penn Graduate Christian Fellowship (PGCF) and Global Connect U City locally and InterVarsity Christian Fellowship USA
ISI Philly is a Christian organization that offers international students and scholars: friendships with American families, special activities (cultural, social, recreational), ESL opportunities, discussions about the Bible, and small group gatherings. We meet every Friday night off-campus for dinner in an American home. The first Friday of each month, dinner is followed by a fun activity. The other Fridays in the month are followed by a Bible discussion. ISI Philly welcomes any student, regardless of race, nationality, or religious preference. You do not have to be a member of the Christian faith to join ISI Philly.
ISI Philly is affiliated with International Students, Inc. nationally, and locally works in partnership with Global Connect: U City
Student Contact: Stewart Silver
The UPenn Latter-Day Saints Student Association (LDSSA) exists to serve the friends and members of The Church Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints who are a part of the University of Pennsylvania Community. The club seeks to foster friendships and promote faith through weekly scripture study, frequent social events, inter-collegiate conferences, and inter-faith campus events. Students of any faith are more than welcome to participate in LDSSA activities and events!
Affiliated with the LDS Philadelphia YSA Ward located at 1682 Wood Street Philadelphia, PA 19103
Student Contact: Esther Jou
Locust Walk is a student-led Christian publication that exists to present the perspectives of faith and non-faith worldviews on questions of truth and purpose. Through active dialogue within the University of Pennsylvania, we seek to build relationships modeled after the life and teachings of Jesus Christ who informs our understanding of cultural engagement, reconciliation, and community. We pledge to cultivate an environment where the pursuit of solidarity in diversity can lay a foundation for conversation conducted with love and mutual respect.
Lutheran Campus Ministry, hosted by University Lutheran Church, is a ministry for students, faculty, staff and others on campus and in the community, and is not just a ministry for Lutherans. LCM hosts both weekly and monthly events for students and young adults and we invite students to attend our Sunday morning worship.
University Lutheran Church is part of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America and is an official Campus Ministry of the ELCA.
As a group focused on ministry, the New Spirit of Penn Gospel Choir seeks to spread the word of the Lord through song and help to serve as a catalyst for change in the spiritual lives of those affiliated with the University of Pennsylvania, as well as in the surrounding communities. The choir meets twice a week, Mondays and Wednesdays, from 8 to 10 pm in ARCH Auditorium. The choir has open rehearsals and auditions are not required!
Staff Contacts: Fr. Mark Koczak
The Orthodox Christian Fellowship (OCF) meets weekly on campus. Our mission is to provide all students engagement with the ancient Christian faith. The OCF is student led with Orthodox clergy advising. Our weekly activities include among other things prayer, discussion, and fellowship.
OCF is affiliated with the Standing Conference of Canonical Orthodox Bishops in the Americas.
The Penn Catholic Newman Community is the Roman Catholic Church’s presence on Penn’s campus. Penn Catholic offers a variety of social, spiritual, and service opportunities to help enrich one’s relationship with God, himself, and others through a greater understanding of the Catholic faith. All Penn students are welcome to participate.
Penn Catholic Newman Community is affiliated with Sts. Agatha & James Parish in the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Philadelphia.
Student Contact: Edward Rodriguez
The Penn Catholic Service Association was founded to offer students a university-sponsored forum to meet other Catholics and live their faith through service to the community. With the help of Fox Leadership’s Faith and Service Partnership, we are committed to Catholic social teaching through service to Penn, West Philadelphia, and the global community.
Penn Cru helps students and faculty come to know Jesus, grow in their faith, and go to the world to tell others about God’s love. We are the local chapter of Cru at the University of Pennsylvania.
Penn for Jesus forges partnerships in prayer to build missional communities that transform college campuses with the Gospel of Jesus. At the University of Pennsylvania, we function as a coalition group for Christ-centered organizations.
Affiliated with Campus Renewal Ministries.
PGCF is a heterogeneous community of University of Pennsylvania graduate students growing in our understanding of God through Christ and His revealed Word, living integrated Christ-transformed lives, and inviting others to know Him. We have weekly prayer, worship, small group Bible discussion, and occasional social events.
We are affiliated with Intervarsity Christian Fellowship USA.
Penn Students for Christ (PSC) is a campus ministry of Tenth Presbyterian Church for students at the University of Pennsylvania. PSC offers weekly on-campus Bible studies and campus outings, community service ministries, Christian community on campus, and the opportunity for students to stay connected with a local church during their time at Penn.
Penn Students for Christ is a part of the college ministry of Tenth Presbyterian Church.
Staff Contact: Dave Brindley
Philly Bridges exists to serve you as an international students in our community. We do that through… Service: Providing you with valuable services that meet your tangible needs. Social: Providing social networking opportunities to get to know other Americans and fellow international students. Spiritual Resource: Providing you with opportunities to learn about Christianity and the Bible.
Philly Bridges is part of Bridges International
Queer Christian Fellowship
Group description: The Queer Christian Fellowship is a supportive community for LGBT Christians and allies who want to talk more about faith and sexuality. QCF aims to be an open space where all people can learn. You don’t have to be queer or even out, and you don’t have to know everything about being LGBT or about being a person of faith. Our meetings will include group discussions about scripture and current events, as well as social gatherings on campus and around Philadelphia.
Affiliated with the Christian Association
The mission of Renewal College Fellowship (RCF) is for every individual to experience the gospel of the life-changing grace of Jesus Christ within a caring Christian community. Our hope is that you would be able grow in Christ and find a community that encourages you on your spiritual journey.
RCF is the college ministry of Renewal Presbyterian Church
Story chapter is a constituent of Story Philly, a church located in Center City. We believe that God is doing something new in our city and that He plans to bring restoration through people who will live for others, love well, stand against injustice, and pursue integrity. It is our hope that through this group your ambitions, dreams, and influence may be expanded to impact your spheres, our city, and the globe. This chapter will aim to allow its members to grow in love for Jesus and one another, as well as to be a “launch-pad” of inspiration through shared times of prayer, bible-study, and community events.
Whitefield Society exists to promote the integration of faith, learning, and service at the University of Pennsylvania. To that end we are a discipleship community that meets to develop the notion of a Christian worldview & missional life style that engages the whole person in our context. Through shared reading, prayer, mentoring, and study the Whitefield Society endeavors to grow in the knowledge of Scripture, a Christian worldview, and better grasp God’s missional heart for the unique context of the University of Pennsylvania.
Young Life College
The mission of Young Life is introducing adolescents to Jesus Christ and helping them grow in their faith and life. Young Life at Penn is looking to recruit and train volunteer leaders. Volunteer leaders are adults — ranging from college students to retirees — who give their time at the high schools & middle schools, leading club and Campaigners and taking kids to camp. They are people whose hearts are fixed on Christ and invest their lives in teenagers as they give their time and energy to becoming friends who can point high school & middle school kids to the person of Jesus Christ.
Young Life at Penn is resourced by Young Life
Penn HJA was started in 1999 to increase awareness about Hinduism and Jainism. In the last decade, we have expanded rapidly on the national scene to become one of the most active chapters in the nation. HJA’s main events include Garba, Diwali, Saraswati Puja, and Hindu Jain Awareness Week along with many weekly activities.
We are affiliated with the OmKar foundation which helps college organizations with religious and prayer services.
Student Contacts: Faith Fund Committee
The Faith Fund committee is a group of committed religious student leaders who work to provide funding and programming support for activities that consider religious and spiritual themes and non-event based support for religious and spiritual organizations. Religious and non-religious Penn student organizations are eligible to apply for event funding.
Student Contacts: Cassandra Jobman & Nimai Agarwal
PRISM is Penn’s religious umbrella group. We work with individual groups to promote religious life at Penn while also encouraging interfaith dialogue. We plan regular interfaith service and dialogue projects and through the Faith Fund we provide funding for religious events on campus.
Hillel at the University of Pennsylvania is the umbrella organization for Jewish life on campus. We encompass many religious, educational, social, cultural, Israel advocacy, and other groups that allow students to explore and create their own Jewish experiences on campus. Our lively, fun community is comprised primarily of Penn undergraduates, but we also have a group for graduate students and young professionals and we welcome students from Drexel, Temple, and other Philadelphia-area schools.
The Conservative Jewish Community at Penn offers social, educational and religious opportunities for the Penn community. CJC holds Shabbat services every Friday night and Saturday morning that are filled with upbeat melodies and singing. In addition, we foster a welcoming community and organize events such as informal learning, exciting speakers, social gatherings and delicious dinners.
Affiliated with Penn Hillel
Staff Contact: Tslil Shtulsaft
The Jewish Graduate Student Network, a program of Hillel of Greater Philadelphia, serves all of the Jewish graduate and professional students in the Philadelphia area through campus-based and city-wide events. The Grad Network offers a wide range of social, educational, cultural, and religious programs, as well as career development and community service opportunities. The Grad Network offers extensive programming for Penn students as well as opportunities for Penn students to meet their peers at other universities.
Affiliated with Penn Hillel
J-Bagel is a Philadelphia-wide student group dedicated to serving members of the LGBTQAI (Lesbian, Bisexual, Transexual/Transgender, Queer/Questioning, Ally, Intersex) community. J-Bagel runs events for the Jewish and/or LGBTQAI community, including social gatherings, panel discussions, and Shabbat dinners. J-Bagel keeps an active online listserv where privacy is deeply respected.
Affiliated with Penn Hillel
Staff Contact: Rabbi Josh Bolton
The Jewish Renaissance Project is about you, your interests, your friends, and your Jewish identity! JRP is an alternative choice for Penn students who want to figure out what Judaism means in a sophisticated and intellectually open way with other people who look and talk just like you. JRP programs are diverse (with different designs for freshmen, Greeks, those who live off-campus and everyone else in between) and cover any way that you could want to explore your Judaism.
Affiliated with Penn Hillel
The Orthodox Community at Penn is one of the most active and vibrant student groups of Orthodox Jews in the country! Join us for daily events, classes, and services – or just come chat in the kosher dining hall at Hillel (Steinhardt Hall, 39th and Locust).
Affiliated with Penn Hillel
Tzedek Social Justice (TSJ), is Hillel’s community service and advocacy group on campus. Framed by the Jewish imperatives of tzedakah (righteousness), gemilut chasadim (acts of loving-kindness), and tikun olam (repairing the world), Penn Hillel TSJ is committed to engaging and empowering students in meaningful public service both on and off campus and encouraging creative Jewish thinking about social justice issues. Some of our annual events include Mitzvah Day, Adopt-a-Family Drive and Relay for Life.
Affiliated with Penn Hillel
RJC is Penn’s Reform Jewish Community, providing a spiritual, social, and religious home for Reform Jews on campus. If you are interested in musical and creative Shabbat services, warm and welcoming social events and dinners, or opportunities to learn more about Judaism, let us know!
Affiliated with Penn Hillel
Shabbatones – (Jewish A Capella)
Student Contact: Raquel Sterman
The Shabbatones always put on a great show. Having toured London, California, Florida and Boston, they have brought their a capella delight far and wide. With a repertoire of popular Israeli, American and Jewish songs, the Shabbatones’ music appeals to a wide group of people. So make sure to keep an eye out for this fantastic group as they rock their vocals all over campus.
Shira Chadasha is a community which strives to provide Penn’s Jewish student body with spirited and inclusive prayer opportunities. We offer a traditional service that promotes the maximum participation of females and males within a halachik framework. Meeting throughout the semester, Shira Chadasha hosts lively Friday Night and Shabbat day services attended by a diverse group of students from throughout the Penn Hillel community. Shira Chadasha aims to increase awareness and discussion of issues related to prayer and spirituality, gender roles and Jewish Law, and the fostering of inclusivity in our Jewish communities.
Affiliated with Penn Hillel
Lubavitch House, a branch of Chabad on Campus, creates an open and welcoming environment for students of all backgrounds and affiliations, to celebrate and explore their heritage. Our goal is to provide students a warm and non-judgmental space to participate in a variety of expressions of Jewish life: Educational classes, religious celebrations and holidays, community service and social programming. We strive to be the place where “every Jew is family.”
Since 1993, JHP has been dedicated to sustain the Jewish community through mentorship, education and, where possible, outreach to disengaged individuals. JHP energizes individuals not normally engaged in Jewish communal activities to engage their friends in activities that inspire and inform, to create and celebrate greater Jewish pride and identity.
JHP is affiliated with the Lubavitch House at Penn
Student Contacts: Lauren Kahn, Jacob Winick
Meor Means Illumination. Light reveals and inspires. Light expands vision and uncovers new realities. Meor is dedicated to illuminating lives with Jewish light. We hope to create a vibrant Jewish future led by a new generation of Jewish students who are: literate in Jewish wisdom, culture, and heritage; instilled with a deep personal identity that inspires commitment to Jewish values; empowered and actively engaged in Jewish community and support of Israel.
We are affiliated with the national branch of Meor, located in NYC.
We seek to create an inclusive and engaging environment for those on Penn’s campus who are interested in Islam. Through diverse programming, we aim to positively contribute to the social, professional, religious, and spiritual development of our members, and to collectively give back to the broader Penn and West Philadelphia communities. Additionally, our campus minister provides religious, spiritual and pastoral guidance and counseling to Muslims at Penn in order to enrich their experience while here.
Penn Sapelo is the University of Pennsylvania’s Black Muslim Student Organization dedicated to fostering dialogue, creating community, and engaging in service around the Black Muslim experience on campus and in the broader community. We are a family of both undergraduate and graduate students, and welcome all who identity as Black and Muslim and our ally friends to our organization.
Penn Sikh Organization
The Penn Sikh Organization (PSO) aims to foster greater awareness of Sikh values and tradition. The organization offers members the opportunity to learn more about the religion. In addition, it gives them the option to share this knowledge and the history of Sikhism with the greater Penn community through interfaith events.
CogWell is a student-run peer-to-peer support network on Penn’s campus. Each semester we provide professional training of Active Listening skills to students and also provide mini workshops to various groups on campus. The group is based on friends helping friends on campus. Cogwell partners with the Chaplains Office and CAPS.
Penn Students of AMF – (AMF – Actively Moving Forward a support group for students coping with illness or death of loved ones)
Student Contact: Pat Zancolli
Actively Moving Forward (AMF) is a peer-led support group for individuals grieving the illness or death of a loved one. AMF holds meetings on Penn’s campus once every three weeks to help connect grieving students with one another. Penn’s chapter of AMF includes: (1) a peer-led Grief Support Group for students who are coping with the illness or death of a loved one to connect with others “who get it” (2) a Service Group open to ALL students to go to service events together throughout the Philly area. To get connected email us or connect on Facebook.